Garrywhin

View from south.

A fan-shaped multiple stone row measuring 59m long, including at least 49 small and medium-sized stones arranged in at least 8 separate lines situated on a south facing slope overlooking the Cairn O’Get. The row is orientated north east to south west and has definable visual links with the sea, nearby cairns, chambered cairns and stone rows. There is a cairn with cist at the upper north eastern end of the row.  The row forms part of a cluster including at least 9 stone rows near Loch Watenan.

Location

Scotland Caithness Northern Scotland ND 31399 41318
Lat 58.354885    Long -3.1739464

Map showing the location of Garrywhin stone row.

Plan of Garrywhin stone alignment. Source: I.R. Freer and L.J. Myatt. Original available here.

Map showing the position of Garrywhin, the other stone rows and other sites around Watenan (Source: Canmore). 

Characteristics

Type: Multiple Length: 59m
No. of stones: 49 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 40° Altitude: 111m
Upper end: Cairn Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: Yes
Context:  Chambered cairn, cairns and stone alignments
Notes: 8 rows

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status:
Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes

Identification

Category: Plausible. No doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretation of this row.


Typology

This stone row is of Type M10. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


Photographs

Garrywhin stone row is situated on a slope near the chambered Cairn of Get. View from south. 

Stone rows leading towards the cairn. View from south.

Stone rows leading towards the cairn. View from south.

Stone rows leading towards the cairn. View from south east.

Stone at ND 31392 41291. View from north west (Scale 1m).

Stone at ND 31392 41291. View from north east (Scale 1m).

Stone at ND 31390 41290 with stone at ND 31392 41291 in the background and cairn on the near skyline. View from south west (Scale 1m).

Stone at ND 31382 41283. View from west (Scale 1m).

Stone at ND 31382 41283 with stone at ND 31373 41285 in the background. Most of the stones in this row are hidden by the dense heather. View from north east (Scale 1m).

Stone at ND 31373 41285. View from west (Scale 1m).

Stone at ND 31372 41281 with stone at ND 31373 41285 beyond. View from south west (Scale 1m).

Stone at ND 31370 41270. View from east (Scale 1m).

Stone at ND 31371 41269 on the right and stone at ND 31370 41270 beside the ranging rod. View from east (Scale 1m).

Stone at ND 31385 41254. View from west (Scale 1m).

Stone at ND 31385 41251 with stone at ND 31385 41254 beyond. View from south west (Scale 1m).

Cairn

Cairn at the upper end of the rows. View from east (Scale 1m).

View from the north.

The cist slab and associated cairn at the upper end of the rows.

Access Information

Car parking is available at ND 31885 40851. Follow the signposting to the Cairn O’Get. At ND 31523 40988 follow the track north to ND 31527 41464. From this point walk SSW for 200m across uneven open moorland.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     Canmore     Historic Environment Record

Caithness Field Club Bulletin

Other References

Burl, A., 1993, From Carnac to Callanish – The prehistoric rows and avenues of Britain, Ireland and Brittany, Yale University Press, New York and London, pg. 222.


Timeline

VISITED:- 9th August 2014 and 4th June 2019

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 13th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 21st November 2020

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